Wednesday, April 1, 2020

STILL SAFE ... AN IWSG POST

Hi All,

It is already the first Wednesday of the month! I am glad I realized it before the day was out...
It is time for another IWSG post. Thanks to Alex, we all get to meet once a month and share our insecurities. Please drop by his blog to sign up and JOIN OUR GROUP! 

This month in particular has all of us anxious...

I am hoping and praying everyone is well during this crisis. Sadly, at this time we are all sharing the same insecurity. But we must all remember that we must not panic and just take it one day at a time. We all know what to do to stay safe, but there are those people who think they are immune and care more about their own agendas than staying home like the rest of us. We must pray for these people because these are the people that will be spreading this horrific virus.

I am proud of our smaller community(Lake Buena Vista) in Orlando. People here are staying home and leaving only for the necessities. Vineland Avenue, which is usually bumper to bumper with Premium Outlet shoppers and families going to Disney, is now empty. I see only the occasional walker or jogger, keeper their distances from one another and me. The grocery stores are complying and keeping customers the proper distance and disinfecting the carts. Overall, I feel somewhat safe. I have never washed my hands so much, but if it will save my life, I will continue to do so.

I am anxious about one thing though. This virus is keeping me here in Orlando. I had come down for a much-needed vacation after finishing my kitchen remodel in my new house up in NW Illinois. I arrived on March 3rd ready for a few fun months of Disney, Universal, and Sea World. I honestly had no idea how bad this virus would become, or I would have never left. A week or so later, all the Orlando parks closed. Now I am stuck. Not sure when I will be able to travel north again. Almost all the states have restrictions, and I would have to travel through five states to get home. 

Since we are all writers, we are comfortable staying home for days at a time, but this is very different. I am a social person and not being able to visit friends or go out for meals is certainly depressing me. There are only so many movies and shows I can watch before I am ready to scream...and trust me, I have. It does help...so if you feel the need...let it rip! Lol

We all have to try and keep our sense of humor and I am VERY GRATEFUL to all of you posting funny pics and anecdotes on Facebook. They are definitely helping me, and I am sure others, too.

Stay safe my friends. Keep in touch. WE need each other now more than ever.

Sending you all TONS OF VIRTUAL HUGS!





17 comments:

  1. I certainly hopes this ends sooner than later and you can get back home.

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  2. Sorry you are trapped in Florida but glad you are healthy there. Do you drive through the Carolinas? I'm pretty sure we have no restrictions other than stay at home and I don't think anyone will stop you. Of course, you'd have to stop for gas, which would be risky for you.

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  3. Yes, our "virtual" friends are even more important than they were before! Glad you are safe...

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  4. We need each other because this is our connection now.

    Such a bummer you couldn't make it back. You're in a nice area of central Florida though. Just hang and be safe.

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  5. That's too bad that you can't go home now. And I live alone, and it is hard not being able to do all my social activities or see my mom that make like so much more enjoyable. But I have to say I'm doing okay. Hope you stay safe and healthy.

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  6. So sorry you got stranded in Florida. My folks are there. I'm in Central Illinois and things are very inky-dinky here, depending upon the county. One of our smaller county's was infected by a returning spring-breaker from Miami. Thank goodness for the ability to connect via technology.

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  7. Gosh, sorry about your Florida plans, but glad to hear you're doing alright. Hopefully something can be done to get you home. Thanks for checking in with us. Stay safe out there! :)

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  8. March was crazy, wasn't it? I had plans to go back to the States on April 15 but decided I'd rather stay in Mexico. So I'm riding things out here until I feel like it's safe to get on an airplane, be in airports, etc. It may be awhile!

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  9. Hi Michael - take care ... it's one day at a time - and we just have to look at it that way ... look after yourself - I'd love to be out with friends, but we just need to help everyone else. All the best - Hilary

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  10. Returning all the virtual hugs Michael. I am so sorry you are "stuck" in Florida but I assume the weather is nice at least. Getting better up here in the not so frozen north. We too are confined to our apartment and the groceries are being delivered by friends so we don't even get a break in that area, nice of them, though it is. So keep washing your hands and stay well. More big hugs.

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  11. Hi Michael. Virtual (((hugs))) to you too. It's worse for one person alone in a household unless you're a hermit, and you're not. At least you've got Hamlet! Here at my place, there's 3 of us and we have regular meet ups for meals and breaks. We're all busy. I write, read, bake, edit, skype my students' lessons, dream up wonderful meals, had a virtual wedding party on our deck when we couldn't attend my baby daughter's wedding. Can't wait for the wedding reception when this is over.

    Keep safe, Michael.

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  12. Stay safe, my friend. {{{ubuntu hugs}}}

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  13. I hope you get to go home soon. Stay healthy, Michael.

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  14. This came on faster than anyone expected. Just glad we were home, where we've stayed. We have to do our part--staying home as much as possible--so we don't spread or contract the virus. It is getting old, though. But, like so many crises, it will pass. Stay safe.

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  15. Glad you are feeling safe down there and that people seem to be following the directions! I know someone else who went to Florida for a couple weeks and now can't get back home. Tricky for sure! Please stay safe and healthy. :)
    ~Jess

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  16. The family and I took a trip to Florida right before the virus really started to show up. In fact, the first case in Florida occurred two days before we were to leave to return to Michigan. Looks like we got out just in time. Where are you staying in the meantime?

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